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  • The Chicago Blackhawks make a rare visit tonight to Montreal where the Canadiens hope to start improving their record at home.

    The injury riddled Blackhawks are without several players, most notably Jonathan Toews. It shows as they have lost 5 straight. On paper this should be an easy home win for the Habs to put in the bank.

    Carey Price is apparently sick and Jaroslav Halak will warm the bench tonight.

    Andrei Markov has finally been given some recognition and been nominated to the All-Star team. Much deserved.

    On the other side of the spectrum, someone who has been missing for most of the recent Canadiens success makes a return tonight. For reasons unknown.


    Return to glory.

38 Comments
  1. Home game, I don’t think we can call it easy. Since I think we all noticed that the habs usually find a way to make it hard on them selfs. Price, is sick or is going back to Hamilton ? I’ve got a question for all of you ! Remember Theodore when he came to Montreal, I think he was good, and then we start saying that he would be down on his knees to fast and started letting more goals in. Same thing happened to Thibault. And I remember last year that the word was practically shoot high on Huet… Pretty interesting to see that when Carey started the season, he was strongher and would be standing most of the time. And now, he seems a little more uncertain and is doing more and more the famous butterfly style. I’m actually starting to wonder if the goalies are the problem. Just as a note, the 4 mentionned goalies above all had one thing in common … Can you see it ?

  2. #2 habs2010 says:
    January 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Rollie Melanson, their goaltending coach?

  3. #3 MrBigTime says:
    January 8, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Price and Chipchura down to Hamilton…

    Halak and Locke up with the big boys…

    Habs2010… don’t you read hockey reviews? Thought you were on the ball here :)

    I’d say there is a double meaning on this: One – get Price some back to back games and getting him stopping pucks again; Two – A Halak showcase for trade bait, he has made it clear he wants to play in the NHL and wants to be shipped.

    PS – there is a ceremony before the game tonight for the original 6 showcase the Habs have been doing this season like they did before the Detroit game.

  4. Yup, maybe Melancon is the actual problem. BigTime, I agree with you for price and Halak, it would probably do some good for him. But whats the explanation for Chipchura ?

  5. I’m feeling more confident in those moves by Gainey…bring on the SENS,DEVS,STARS,WINGS,DUCKS,CANACKS etc…lol,I am happy for Cory but…MY HEAD SPINS 360 DEGREES AS THE PEA SOUP FLIES OUT OF MY IN DISBELIEFED MOUTH.Maybe we should swap G.M’s and coaches with the Bulldog’s too?Look,I do know this fosure,with the Hawks down 8 members ,we better win IMFIO.

  6. #6 habs2010 says:
    January 8, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    I think it was probably time for Price to go to Hamilton. He wasn’t playing enough here. Maybe he should have started the season in Hamilton. Hope it doesn’t ruin his young career, like it did to Marc Andre Fleury.
    I guess Chipchura can’t win faceoffs? Is Perreault or Stoll being traded here?
    time will tell.

  7. I don’t like seeing Price go but he does need to play. Maybe keep him in Hamilton for a couple of months, bring him up towards the end of the season and have him back Huet up on our run to the Cup. Huet leaves in the summer as a UFA, Price takes over the number one spot and Halak backs him up next season :)

  8. #8 HabsFan4life says:
    January 8, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    I think Halak is being showcased as trade bait. On the other hand, Price does need to play and right now he’s not getting the playing time in Montreal. So let all us Habs fans hope this demotion for Price is a good thing.

  9. #9 sebthehab says:
    January 8, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    I can say that Carey Price hasent’t been playing his best hockey lately, easy goals and stupid mistakes have been a common thing in the past few weeks for Price, but we can’t blame the guy, can you imagine beeing 20 years old and playing for the CANADIENS, big load on the kid’s shoulders for his first NHL season, he’s good, but in a few years, he will one of the best number 1 goalies in the league, I see him in a habs uniform for a long time. How about Chipchura??? why Hamilton??? He’s not winning the faceoffs maybe, but he’s one of the best players against the boards, he is calm, composed and very smart in his plays, rarely we saw mistakes from his part. What the Canadiens need to do in matter of fact is to finally get rid of KOIVU and get a REAL CAPTAIN…or else, we will never see the CUP in Montreal.

  10. #10 HabsPal87 says:
    January 8, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    well, after Saturdays game, I’m not surprised. Price let in 3 goals that an NHL goalie CANNOT let in. Bye bye Price, do a stint in Hamilton, come back when you’re ready to be a NHL backup.

    Chipchura going down is bull though, he’s been a steady defensive forward, but I don’t see him being down there for the rest of the season.

    Do remember though, at the start of the season, Gainey did say that some of the guys up here now, may being going down to the minors, and some guys in the minors may be coming up to the big club, because they are not exposed to waivers. Makes sense he would do this at the midway point of the season.

  11. All you guys have great thoughts. I really think It’s possible for a trade to be coming. remember the trade deadline is in Febuary!

  12. #12 habs2010 says:
    January 8, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Huet should have been sent to Hamilton, instead of Price!!!!

  13. HabsPal, you’re going to tell me that the first 3 goals so far let in by Huet are great goals, sorry, but I am totally willing to live with a Rookie goalie letting in shity goals than a supposively Number 1 Goalie. Anyhow, lets see how this game ends…

  14. #14 habs2010 says:
    January 8, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    If the game had gone to a shootout-habs lose for sure! Huet is pathetic@ even Pierre Maguire said Huet should have stopped 2 goals. We better hope we don’t play Toronto, because we all know Huet can’t beat them.

  15. habs2010/judy.grantseeker@gmail.com you sound a lot like Chevy aka habwhatever and his other 15 Hab_______ names…No one wants to hear your constant whining so say something constructive once in awhile or I’ll assume your Chevy’s old lady.

  16. A pretty good all-around game tonight and a much needed home win. Breezer looked great in his first game back!

  17. #17 Don Carnage says:
    January 8, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    LOL @ the blog … oh look we won at home nice ! Price needs to play and there are guys coming back so we will see some players being moved around , no big deal, Huet is not going anywhere he will be resigned, they should offer him a deal right now … and a few others also, there is some talk that the Habs might break with the traditon of not signing during the year and offer out a few contracts. I say they should do the same and show some of the players we want them here and it can help for motivation.

  18. #18 PACTUM SERVA says:
    January 9, 2008 at 12:10 am

    LOL way to tell him HB HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

  19. Why is everyone so down on the habs? They’re in good shape. Go habs go!

  20. Anyone got any cheap habs tickets for sale? ok if high up, but between the blue lines? I really want to go to a game.

  21. #21 jessef says:
    January 9, 2008 at 1:50 am

    all you guys do is complain trade that guy trade this guy everyone wants change why? we are doing good now so lets keep this team!

  22. #22 jessef says:
    January 9, 2008 at 2:19 am

    and for the people who say Huet should be sent down he hasen’t lost in regulation for 8 games.

  23. Jessef, don’t go telling me he hasn’t lost in 8 regualation games, please. The only reason he hasn’t lost is that Montreal, Played Chicago, Tampa twice, Florida. Montreal as been scoring 3 goals or more for the past 6 games, that helpds him big time, cuz stupid goals against Ottawa, Detroit or others will loose you the game. Look at the full stats before answering.

  24. #24 MrBigTime says:
    January 9, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Well said Habs Blog…

    “If the game had gone to a shootout-habs lose for sure! ” Habs2010…

    This guy would complain about the size of really big cheque if he won the lottery… we won dummy~
    (also questioning he is a guy at all anymore, so I’ll change that to “13 year old kid”, or maybe a Sportsnet watcher who all cheer for the leafs and think Glen Healy & Nick Kipreos are gods)

  25. Maybe instead of complaining about the Huet, Price and all we should complain about Melancon. He’s the biggest problem in the team.

  26. #26 Don Carnage says:
    January 9, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    And what proof do we have that the problem is Melancon? You guys just cant be happy eh, you need to pick and fiddle and complain and whine and cry all season. I could understand if we were dead last but we are not, and we should make the playoff’s if we continue to play like we are now, this team is yound and has some great promise, we need one or maybe two players and we could make a serious run at the cup. Huet is one of the better goalies in the leaugue and Price will be one of the best in a short time. I for one like the way the Habs have come along this year and hope to see more in the near future.

    GO HABS GO!!

    and GO AWAY HABS2010 GO AWAY !!! and all the other cry babies

  27. “IF” your Aunt had nuts she would be your Uncle…………

  28. yeah jeez. I bet if the habs were in 1st place Habs2010 would still be complaining! The habs havent been that bad of late but I do agree with one thing.Huet sucks against toronto,and so what! Halak has beaten them before. I’m very confident right now. Unless they lose the the big bad Bruins lol whcich would be sad. GO HABS GO!!!

  29. we have the bruins number, the same way NJ, Car, and Buff have ours.

  30. for those over the age of 40, watching the pre game ceremony before last night’s game, was awesome. Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita,Denis Savard, Guy Lafleur, ken Dryden, Yvan Cournoyer,Henri Richard. That’s what it’s all about.
    Those players were simply unbelievably awesome!

  31. Who is crying, stop acting smart, all we are doing is give are opinion and to me, all goaltenders that pass in Montreal are good and start having the same problem and get on their knees too fast and quite honestly, I rather seing a 20 year old rookie giving up retarded goals than Huet giving at least 1 per game. Like it or not, Huet as maximum 3 years left in the NHL and beleive me, Huet won’t bring Montreal to the Stanley cup and I don’t think that Price will either. We need some natural scorers and Huet might be good money for a trade so hope they do it if it’s the case cuz or else we will loosing for nothing more than memories.

  32. #32 Don Carnage says:
    January 10, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Well I guess you know better that Scotty Bowmen cause he says Price will lead the habs to the cup.

  33. Wow, the cup that would be nice, but we would need a few more elements to score goals and maybe they would have a chance.

  34. What a bunch of wankers over there in the Habs Insideout Blog.

    There are a select few who run the joint. They pounce on eveybody who don’t agree with them.

    You guys have room for a big ole DOG……

  35. DTD, aka “NEWFOUNDLAND DAWG?” WELCOME HOME BOY!

  36. I was under cover over there …LOL…..

    I thought that they were bad in here….

    There’s no place like home………

  37. BUT I love to get under their skin though………

  38. #38 MrBigTime says:
    January 10, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    lol… Habs inside out is just that…and ran mostly by a young middle eastern girl from what I can tell.. oh well… There a few good things learned here, and when you live outside on Montreal, it’s great to get the inside scoop with whats up daily~

    Heard today (rumor) that the Habs may be looking at Stoll from the Oilers… I say no thanks… Perrault from Chicago is the face off man to acquire… why do teams keep getting rid of him? He’s unreal with the faceoffs (but does use a blade on his stick similar to size of the blade on a goalie stick…probably why he isn’t getting the points)

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